Rev. Cornell Brooks is the new president of the NAACP and the former Executive Director of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Brooks earned a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in political science from Jackson State University, and a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology. Later, he pursued a Juris Doctorate at Yale Law School. Brooks has written for several newspapers on politics, ethics and faith. Brooks will also be speaking on Oct. 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Isle Casino Hotel.
Center for Multicultural Education
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ehrman is the founder of the Bart Ehrman Foundation, a nonprofit organization that raises money for alleviating the effects of poverty, hunger and homelessness. Also a rather controversial author, Ehrman has published several New York Times Bestsellers, including Forged: Writing in the Name of God–Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are and God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Questions. Ehrman will also be speaking at St. Luke's Episcopal Church Oct. 11, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Daisy is an award-winning journalist and a co-editor of the anthology Colonize This! Young Women of Color on Today's Feminism. She has a recently published memoir of her personal and professional experiences, A Cup of Water Under My Bed. She will be talking about her new book and chronicling being Latina in a predominantly majority work environment. This event is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series on "Media and Social Media."
Jehane Noujaim, an Egyptian native, is a cinematographer and director, most known for her films, "Control Room", "Startup.com", and "The Square." After showing the movie The Square (running time 108 min.), Noujaim will discuss "The Role of Media & Social Media in Social Movements." The event will conclude with Q&A followed by a reception in the Center for Multicultural Education. Noujaim's visit is part of the Reaching for Higher Ground series.
Joe Hall founded Ghetto Film School (GFS) in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers; it is the nation’s first film high school. Joe is a published writer on youth development and arts education, a documentary film producer and holds a master’s degree in social administration from Columbia University.
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED: Charles Ogletree, the Harvard Law School Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, will speak on the subject of access to modern technology. Ogletree received the first Rosa Parks Civil Rights Award, given by the City of Boston; and Morehouse College's Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize. Ogletree earned BA and MA degrees in political science from Stanford University, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds a JD from Harvard Law School where he served as Special Projects Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review. His visit is part of the Center for Multicultural Education's Annual Lecture Series, and doubles as a speaker for the Reaching for Higher Ground project. The theme of that project for the 2014-2015 academic year is "Media and Social Media."
John Iceland, Head of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University, will lecture on his book Poverty in America: A Handbook. Attendees will learn more about the trends, patterns, and causes of poverty in the United States. A book signing reception will immediately follow the lecture.
Poverty in America: A Handbook takes an in-depth look at trends, patterns, and causes of poverty in the United States. Join us and author John Iceland in an in-depth discussion over America's current poverty measurements and issues. Reading the book is not required to attend and participate.
Place, not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America by Sheryll Cashin advocates that affirmative action, as it is currently practiced, does little to help disadvantaged people. She proposed suggestions to fix this, which attendees will be able to hear more about from Cashin during the discussion. Reading the book is not required to attend and participate.
Sheryll Cashin, professor of law at Georgetown University, will lecture on her book Place, not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America. Attendees will learn more about affirmative action, reimagining the concept so that it helps people of all backgrounds.There will be a book signing reception immediately following the lecture.